Contemporary Counterpoint

Use counterpoint to make your music more engaging and creative. Counterpoint—the relationship between musical voices—is among the core principles for writing music, and it has been central to the study of composition for many centuries. Whether you are a composer, arranger, film composer, orchestrator, music director, bandleader, or improvising musician, this book will help to

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Feminist Theory and Music 14 Conference

Feminist Theory and Music 14 Conference at San Francisco State University, CA with the theme of “Still We Rise”: Feminist Musicology in a Time of “Bitter, Twisted Lies” included the panel “Sexualities and Genders in the Classrooms” where Beth presented her paper “Teaching Music, Gender, and Society to the Popular Music Student.” She authored and teaches this

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“The Tree House” performed in Scotland

The Concord Women’s  Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, Artistic Director and Scott Nicholas, Pianist performed “The Tree House” in Scotland at the Carlisle Cathedral in Cumbria on June 24th, and St. Michael’s Church in Linlithgow on June 25th. On June 27th Adrian Wilson, oboe and Miranda Phythian-Adams, cello from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra joined the CWC

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Recent News

Beth Denisch’s new piece, “The Tree House,” commissioned by The Concord Women’s Chorus, Jane Ring Frank, conductor, sets poems by Kathleen Jamie for chorus, oboe, cello, and piano. World premiere: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, MA at 4 PM ET.

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New composition for The Musical Arts Youth Orchestra

The Musical Arts Youth Orchestra, with support from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Project, commissioned Denisch to write for string orchestra and percussion. The composition, “Fisherman’s Bay,” will be premiered on December 9, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Inspired by the MAYO performers and Fisherman’s Bay (photo above) in Swampscott, MA, USA.

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Sarah Pelletier, soprano, premiered Denisch’s setting of “Why – do they shut Me out of Heaven?” by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned by Berklee College of Music, performance April 4, 2016, Boston, with Lois Shapiro, piano. Berklee commissioned three composers to set the same Dickinson poem as part of the 2016 Words and Music Festival, April 4-6,

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New Review on the CD Images of Eve.

“.. Denisch’s suite Three Women was one of my favorite selections on this disc. ..  One hopes to hear more from this very imaginative composer.” -Nanette Kaplan Solomon The new CD review in IAWM, of “Images of Eve” includes the composition “Three Women” for flute and piano, recorded by Wendy Rolfe and Deborah DeWolf Emery. 

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New Live Release Coming soon!

Featuring Diane Heffner, clarinet and the New England String Quartet* performing Denisch’s music including the premiere of “Five on Five” recorded live at Brandeis’ WRSC.  * Julia Okrusko, Claudia Szlachta, Diane Heffner, Beth Denisch, Lilit Muradyan, and Ming-Hui Lin.

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New CD Coming Soon!

Live recordings of string quartets “The Hermit,” “Phantasmagoria,” and the quintet “Five on Five,” with Diane Heffner, clarinet, will be released later this year. Keep posted for updates!

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